The Cookbooks of the Month for May 2012 will be:
The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden, and
Moro: The Cookbook by Samuel Clark and Samantha Clark
Our selection process for May has been interesting and wild. We are a passionate bunch when it comes to food!
On May 1st I will be posting the individual threads for reporting your culinary experiences with these two books. In the meantime, you can use this thread for general discussion, and for posting any online links to recipes from these books.
I would also love to hear some discussion about how you would like the threads set up. I've reviewed past COTMs where more than one book was involved. Sometimes, each book had its own thread (Jamie Oliver month, for example), sometimes threads were thematic, with both books being included in each thread for a type of food (Mario Batali month, for example), and sometimes each book had its own set of threads for each subject area (as in Japanese month). In my experience, in some threads for a single book, I felt more like I was cooking with a big group, which was fun. But I'm aware that these threads can get pretty long. On the other hand, if there are too many divisions, you feel like you are cooking alone (I remember one month, I was the only one who posted dishes to one of the threads, it felt lonely!) I would love to hear other opinions on this, please!
Also, there was a lot of interest in The New Spanish Table and other Spanish cookbooks, so it would be a great month to set up an ancillary thread, if someone is interested in doing that! Please post it here if you do.
If you are curious about the selection process, and the accompanying discussion, the nominating thread is here:
And the voting thread is here:
If you haven't ever participated in the Cookbook of the Month discussion, we hope you'll give us a try in April. We have a lot of fun, and we learn from each other's experiences. The basics of COTM, and the archive of past books, can be found here: